Whether you’re crossing it off your bucket list or hoping to add to your professional marketability, being bilingual has its advantages. For kids, learning a second language correlates directly with achieving higher scores on standardized tests, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, while it also creates a more positive attitude toward the target language and speakers of that language. Since Houston is the most racially and culturally diverse city in the U.S., with diversity projections only increasing in the future, according to the U.S. Census, it’s no wonder many parents are enrolling their children, as well as themselves, in these top Houston area language classes.
Texas School Of Languages
13700 Lakewood Forest Drive
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 970-4911
www.texasschooloflanguages.com

Since opening its doors in 2007, Texas School of Languages has become one of the most popular choices for anyone in the Houston area wanting to learn a new language. TSL prides itself on offering personalized classes flexible enough to fit any schedule and budget. Programs are available for any age level and include one-on-one tutoring, small group classes, Skype sessions, corporate programs, and home school programs. Among other languages, students learn Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, German, and Russian from TSL instructors who are proficient and certified in at least three languages.

Berlitz Houston Language Center
520 Post Oak Blvd,, Suite 500
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 626-7844
www.berlitz.us/houston

Berlitz Houston Language Center utilizes the self-titled Berlitz Method of teaching to successfully educate its students in a multitude of foreign languages. The Center offers language lessons on flexible schedules for adults and kids, in addition to corporate programs that aim to broaden cultural awareness that’s critical for success in business today. Native-fluent instructors teach classes via a virtual classroom, private lessons, or in small groups, and also offer foreign language-centered summer camps for kids. The state-of-the-art learning facility is located a mile from Uptown Park near the Galleria.

Bilingual Education Institute
6060 Richmond Ave., Suite 180
Houston, TX  77057

(713) 789-4555
www.bei.edu

The Bilingual Education Institute offers language classes broken into three main groups: frequently requested languages (such as English, Spanish, and Mandarin), all European languages, and all Asian and Euro-Asian languages. The private language programs are completely student-centered, which means teachers work closely with each student on lessons tailored to his or her individual skills, interests, and overall needs. The intensely individualized curriculum means students start speaking the foreign language immediately. Semi-private programs are made up of two to four students and include customized instruction on grammar, reading, writing, listening comprehension, vocabulary, conversation, and culture awareness. Students are evaluated prior to the program and paired with a teacher based on what personality and teaching style are the best fit.

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FS Language Services
2107 Lexington St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-1555
www.fslanguageservices.com

FS Language Services provides Houstonians the opportunity to learn up to 60 different languages. Students start by picking from three levels of proficiency–elementary, intermediate, or advanced–and attend the program that’s best for them. But no matter what level the student enrolls, the creative combination of visual aids and listening comprehension tools keeps both sides of the brain stimulated, making retention of the foreign language faster and easier. FS Language Services also offers cross cultural classes, kids classes, immersion programs, and school programs.

CCLS Houston
701 N. Post Oak Road, Suite B5
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 562-0133
www.cclshouston.com

CCLS is a Brazilian language school with a strict focus on Spanish, English, and Portuguese. The online or in-person classes are taught by native-speaking instructors who use video, newspapers and magazines, business conversations, and everyday situations to immerse students in their chosen foreign language. Students learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar rules, and oral comprehension to role-play scenarios that reiterate learned skills. CCLS classes are geared towards adults.

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